Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries (cont.)
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The goals of treatment for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury are to:
You'll need to work with your doctor to decide whether you should have several months of rehabilitation (rehab) or surgery with rehab. Not all ACL tears need surgery.
Treatment right after an injury
If you know you have injured your ACL, the first treatment consists of:
For more information on first aid, see Home Treatment.
What type of other treatment you have depends on:
Treatment options include:
For more information, see the topic:
Recovery from an ACL injury varies for each person. Your treatment should continue until your knee is stable and strong rather than for a certain length of time.
Treatment in children and teens
Treatment of ACL injuries in children and teens involves special concerns, because children's bones are still growing. Talk to your doctor about treatment choices for your child.
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